Name Goodvalley Agro S.A / Goodvalley Ukraine / Goodvalley Russia
GGN 4056186863904 / 4056186864505 / 4056186864536 Website https://www.goodvalley.com/en/
Country Poland

Farm Profile

At Goodvalley, we have 28,000 hectares of land. Eastern Europe’s rich soil provides the ideal place to grow our crops. By spreading the remnants of our biogas production over the fields year after year, we are now closer to reaching perfect soil conditions. This has also ensured our yield increases annually.
Our main crops are wheat, triticale, rapeseed, rye and maize. We use modern farming techniques, such as GPS systems that track the fields we have treated. This reduces the use of fertilizers and consequently also reduces our environmental impact. Crops grown at Goodvalley are used for feed, while crop waste is used in our biogas plants.


Currently, we have four feed mills that meet Goodvalley’s requirements in our Polish, Ukrainian and Russian operations. The mix and quality of our feed produced at our production plant is kept under constant internal control. This enables us to ensure that our animals receive nutritious feed that can be adjusted to suit the various stages of growth. Our feed recipes are developed by specialists who closely observe each stage of production. The production plant operates according to Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP).

At Goodvalley, we believe quality begins with caring. The welfare of our animals is our top priority and their health is key to the quality products we produce. We believe that animal welfare and high-quality food go hand in hand, and we take pride in treating our animals with care and respect. Our animal welfare standards always comply with local legislation. To ensure they are continually maintained, we consistently educate and train our employees to take proper care of our pigs. We have strict biosecurity management practices in place, including thoroughly monitoring transportation of feed and animals. All these measures are designed to ensure our animals remain healthy.


Goodvalley’s work for a better tomorrow focuses on further developing and expanding our unique production model that centers around sustainable food production. Key to this strategy is the production of heat and electricity from our biogas plants. At Goodvalley, biogas serves a number of purposes. We use the heat to warm our farms, the electricity for power, and we sell any excess to the public grid in surrounding villages. We store the fermented biomass in what we call a digestion tank and use it later to fertilize the fields where we grow our animal feed. This is how we create a sustainable cycle.

The first Goodvalley (formerly Axzon) biogas plant commenced operation in Poland in 2005. Today, we have nine – and the tenth is on its way. We are very proud of the fact that every year, we produce more than 60,000MWh of green electricity. That’s enough to power around 17,000 households. And because of that, Goodvalley reduces its greenhouse gas emissions (CO2) by 210,000 tons annually.
While we have come a long way in biogas production in a reasonably short time, we plan to further expand production in the future.

At Goodvalley, sustainable practices are at the core of everything we do. For maintaining a CO2-neutral profile for our entire Polish production process, we received a CO2 neutrality certificate from the German TÜV association in 2014 and again in 2016.  We won a Transformational Business Award in London, in the Optimal Project Financing category. The awards are held by the Financial Times and the IFC. We also cooperate with institutions and organizations involved in renewable energy, as well as scientific and research centers in Polish and Danish universities to promote and develop renewable energy sources. We monitor the levels of noise, gas emissions and dust at our sites, and any waste we produce. Results show our operation is having a beneficial effect on the environment every year.

On special occasions we give employees tree seedlings and plants as gifts.
We carry out environmental monitoring, including groundwater studies of the farms and waterways where we operate.

 

Achievements

Goodvalley aims high.
We want to be the world’s leader in producing food using sustainable and self-sufficient methods. Goodvalley (formerly Axzon) has always been known as an agriculture business, but we are now increasing our focus on food. To make this shift in line with our high standards, we have identified four key production priorities: sustainability, food safety, traceability and animal welfare.


Achieving our goals while maintaining the same high quality across our widely spread area of production requires one set of standards to be followed by each. Working with development and compliance every day, Bjarne Vest, Head of Goodvalley R&D, explains how dramatically the localization of our production units impacts the standard of production and products. Because we're spreading more and more across borders and cultures, we decided in 2016 to find an internationally known and respected certification that we could make standard throughout Goodvalley. We decided on GLOBALG.A.P. Certification and we're currently working on ensuring all of our agricultural organizations become compliant with the GLOBALG.A.P. standards.

GLOBALG.A.P. stands for Global Good Agricultural Practice and is an esteemed and well-known food safety certification that is commonly used in the food production industry. Living up to the GLOBALG.A.P. System also forms part of our current shift from being a well-known agriculture brand to a self-sufficient food producer. This shift demands an increased focus on our ability to track products from field to fork.


When branding yourself as a self-sufficient food producer, you take responsibility for the entire production chain – and this naturally means you have to promise customers a high level of traceability throughout all parts of production. And that means being able to document which pig the meat comes from and from which field, and how the grain the pig ate was produced.


Bjarne Vest emphasizes how important it was to find the exactly the right traceability system. It needed to be based on advanced technology and to allow us to document all production steps in an entirely credible way – a project that is currently running between the R&D and IT departments in the company. Altogether, our current areas of focus in production come under the Quality Management and Strategy project, which covers both food safety, traceability and animal welfare. As a minimum, this project must live up to Danish or EU standards. We are fundamentally based on Danish agricultural traditions and technologies, which are known as some of the strictest in the world, so they are well worth aiming for, no matter where we base our production.

Right now, efforts to ensure GLOBALG.A.P. compliance and finding the right traceability software are at full speed. In the middle of July 2018, we achieved our first major goal in the GLOBALG.A.P. project when our Ukrainian division passed the first external GLOBALG.A.P. audit. Our Quality Officer Katarzyna Tarka has been working extremely hard to reach this milestone and she is looking forward to more of our departments achieving the audit stage. During the harvest period all arable departments will be audited, and soon our farms in Poland as well. The animal audits will begin in Russia at the end of summer and the Ukraine and Poland will follow in autumn.

For Katarzyna Tarka and her closest colleagues, the work on the GLOBALG.A.P. project has been, and still is, an enormous undertaking, and with projects of this size and importance everyone in the organization needs to pitch in. Thanks to the great commitment of the many employees involved who are working on adapting our company to the requirements of the GLOBALG.A.P.  standards.

Bjarne Vest will be speaking at the SUMMIT 2018 conference in Lima, Peru at the Breakout Session 2B: One Health – Antimicrobial Resistance in Animal Production.